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New Voices: The An Post Writing Prize

As part of the 2023 Irish Book Awards sponsorship agreement, An Post have launched a new writing competition called‘New Voices: The An Post Writing Prize’.
Shortlist unveiled for ‘New Voices: The An Post Writing Prize’
in association with the An Post Irish Book Awards
The new writing competition was introduced as part of An Post’s extended sponsorship of the Irish Book Awards until 2025.  Irish based Ukrainian writers aged 16+ were invited to compose a new and original short story, essay, or poem, in either English or Ukrainian, describing their experiences of flight and exile in no more than 1,000 words.
Over 100 entries were received, and six authors have now been shortlisted. They will attend the An Post Irish Book Awards ceremony at the Convention Centre, Dublin on the 22nd November where the overall winner will be announced.

The shortlisted authors are:
  • Valeriia Shmyrova from Dublin for The Border/Кордон        
  • Tetiana Petrukhnova from Dublin for The Leap/Стрибок
  • Borys Koval for The Way from War to Peace. The Valley of Gratitude / Шлях від війни до Миру. Алея вдячності
  • Lyudmila Boyko from Saggart, Dublin for Ode to volunteers / Ода волонтерам
  • Olga Kitik from Letterkenny, Co Donegal for Memories License/Ліцензія на спогади
  • Anna Hodovychenko from Letterfrack, Co Galway for  3465 days / 3465 днів

We would like to thank the good people of Ukrainian Action in Ireland without whose help we would not have been able to run the competition.


Competition Prizes

The winner will be presented with an official An Post Irish Book Awards trophy and a €500 voucher to use in creative writing courses at the Irish Writers' Centre. The five other shortlisted authors will each receive a €100 voucher.

Key Dates

  • October 6th Submissions for New Voices: The An Post Writing Prize closed.
  • October 26th A shortlist of six entries has been selected by a judging panel from the Ukrainian community.
  • November 22nd The winning entry will be announced at the An Post Irish Book Awards, chosen by a panel of distinguished Irish writers.
Please see competition terms and conditions.
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